Teleostei (teleosts) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Cyprinidae
(Minnows or carps) > Smiliogastrinae
Etymology: Enteromius: Greek, enteron = intestine + Greek, myo, mys = muscle (Ref. 45335).
More on author: Boulenger.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; potamodromous (Ref. 51243). Tropical; 22°C - 25°C (Ref. 2060); 21°S - 30°S
Africa: Cunene, Okavango, Zambezi and Limpopo systems, common in Zimbabwe and Zambia; also widespread in Central and East Africa (Ref. 52193), south- and eastwards from the upper Congo River basin (Ref. 45616). In the upper Congo basin present in the drainages of the Lualaba (Ref. 36901), upper Lualaba (Ref. 45616), Mweru-Luapula and Bangweulu-Chambeshi (Ref. 95585). Probably also in the Malagarasi (Ref. 54847).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 27628)
soft rays: 5 - 6. Diagnosis: Last unbranched ray of dorsal fin more or less flexible and without posterior denticulation; second mandibular barbel is well developed and ending at anterior side of operculum (Ref. 27628).
Inhabits a wide range of habitats from small streams to large rivers. Moves upstream to spawn in flooded grassy areas (Ref. 7248).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Skelton, P.H., 1993. A complete guide to the freshwater fishes of southern Africa. Southern Book Publishers. 388 p. (Ref. 7248)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: minor commercial; aquarium: commercial
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